Lost links & Re-ups

On any post, if the link is no longer good, leave a comment if you want the music re-uploaded. As long as I still have the file, or the record, cd, or cassette to re-rip, I will gladly accommodate in a timely manner all such requests.

Slinging tuneage like some fried or otherwise soused short-order cook

29 January 2012

Department of Injustice

You are all probably aware of the Dept. of Injustice attack on MegaUpload. I had numerous files stored there, so if you're trying to access any of that musick, just let me know in comments here & I'll do my best to re-up anything I can.

Weird how this coincided with on-line protest against SOPA & PIPA.

Glad ANONYMOUS struck back against those opposed to FREEDOM!

Here's the story for anyone who is interested:

Department of Injustice, Office of Pubic Affairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Thursday, January 19, 2012

Justice Department Charges Leaders of Megaupload with Widespread Online Copyright Infringement

WASHINGTON – Seven individuals and two corporations have been charged in the United States with running an international organized criminal enterprise allegedly responsible for massive worldwide online piracy of numerous types of copyrighted works, through Megaupload.com and other related sites, generating more than $175 million in criminal proceeds and causing more than half a billion dollars in harm to copyright owners, the U.S. Justice Department and FBI announced today.

This action is among the largest criminal copyright cases ever brought by the United States and directly targets the misuse of a public content storage and distribution site to commit and facilitate intellectual property crime.

The individuals and two corporations – Megaupload Limited and Vestor Limited – were indicted by a grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia on Jan. 5, 2012, and charged with engaging in a racketeering conspiracy, conspiring to commit copyright infringement, conspiring to commit money laundering and two substantive counts of criminal copyright infringement. The individuals each face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison on the charge of conspiracy to commit racketeering, five years in prison on the charge of conspiracy to commit copyright infringement, 20 years in prison on the charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering and five years in prison on each of the substantive charges of criminal copyright infringement.

The indictment alleges that the criminal enterprise is led by Kim Dotcom, aka Kim Schmitz and Kim Tim Jim Vestor, 37, a resident of both Hong Kong and New Zealand. Dotcom founded Megaupload Limited and is the director and sole shareholder of Vestor Limited, which has been used to hold his ownership interests in the Mega-affiliated sites.

In addition, the following alleged members of the Mega conspiracy were charged in the indictment:

Finn Batato, 38, a citizen and resident of Germany, who is the chief marketing officer;

Julius Bencko, 35, a citizen and resident of Slovakia, who is the graphic designer;

Sven Echternach, 39, a citizen and resident of Germany, who is the head of business development;

Mathias Ortmann, 40, a citizen of Germany and resident of both Germany and Hong Kong, who is the chief technical officer, co-founder and director;

Andrus Nomm, 32, a citizen of Estonia and resident of both Turkey and Estonia, who is a software programmer and head of the development software division;

Bram van der Kolk, aka Bramos, 29, a Dutch citizen and resident of both the Netherlands and New Zealand, who oversees programming and the underlying network structure for the Mega conspiracy websites.

Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and van der Kolk were arrested today in Auckland, New Zealand, by New Zealand authorities, who executed provisional arrest warrants requested by the United States. Bencko, Echternach and Nomm remain at large. Today, law enforcement also executed more than 20 search warrants in the United States and eight countries, seized approximately $50 million in assets and targeted sites where Megaupload has servers in Ashburn, Va., Washington, D.C., the Netherlands and Canada. In addition, the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., ordered the seizure of 18 domain names associated with the alleged Mega conspiracy.

According to the indictment, for more than five years the conspiracy has operated websites that unlawfully reproduce and distribute infringing copies of copyrighted works, including movies – often before their theatrical release – music, television programs, electronic books, and business and entertainment software on a massive scale. The conspirators' content hosting site, Megaupload.com, is advertised as having more than one billion visits to the site, more than 150 million registered users, 50 million daily visitors and accounting for four percent of the total traffic on the Internet. The estimated harm caused by the conspiracy's criminal conduct to copyright holders is well in excess of $500 million. The conspirators allegedly earned more than $175 million in illegal profits through advertising revenue and selling premium memberships.

The indictment states that the conspirators conducted their illegal operation using a business model expressly designed to promote uploading of the most popular copyrighted works for many millions of users to download. The indictment alleges that the site was structured to discourage the vast majority of its users from using Megaupload for long-term or personal storage by automatically deleting content that was not regularly downloaded. The conspirators further allegedly offered a rewards program that would provide users with financial incentives to upload popular content and drive web traffic to the site, often through user-generated websites known as linking sites. The conspirators allegedly paid users whom they specifically knew uploaded infringing content and publicized their links to users throughout the world.

In addition, by actively supporting the use of third-party linking sites to publicize infringing content, the conspirators did not need to publicize such content on the Megaupload site. Instead, the indictment alleges that the conspirators manipulated the perception of content available on their servers by not providing a public search function on the Megaupload site and by not including popular infringing content on the publicly available lists of top content downloaded by its users.

As alleged in the indictment, the conspirators failed to terminate accounts of users with known copyright infringement, selectively complied with their obligations to remove copyrighted materials from their servers and deliberately misrepresented to copyright holders that they had removed infringing content. For example, when notified by a rights holder that a file contained infringing content, the indictment alleges that the conspirators would disable only a single link to the file, deliberately and deceptively leaving the infringing content in place to make it seamlessly available to millions of users to access through any one of the many duplicate links available for that file.

The indictment charges the defendants with conspiring to launder money by paying users through the sites' uploader reward program and paying companies to host the infringing content.

More Freaks

UPDATE: This post was re-uploaded
08/23/2013. Enjoy, NØ.

Whack jobs
Funky monkies
Nut jobs or nutters
Old Man Jenkinses

I love to go shopping. I love to freak out salespeople. They ask me if they can help me, and I say, "Have you got anything I'd like?" Then they ask me what size I need, and I say, "Extra medium." Stephen Wright

I put instant coffee in a microwave oven and almost went back in time.” also S. Wright

This vinyl version varies a great deal from the more usually available CD release. There are always wonderful treasures in vinyl.

Freaks - The Man who Lived Underground,
Music for Freaks MFFLP005, 2003.
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Side A -

The Man who Lived Underground
Telefunken (not your average cd version [plenty more funken])
Hang up Your Hang-ups (our extended hang-up)
Fix It

Side B -

The Creeps (You;re Giving me)[extended almost 12“ version]
80s Throwback (extended DJ version)

Side C -

Nyce & Slo
He’s Angry

Side D -

What’s the Point (you get the point instrumental)
Switchin’ Channels


22 January 2012

Crystal Blues blowin' across the Sahara

UPDATE: This post was re-uploaded 09/01/2013. Enjoy, NØ.

Tinariwen formed in 1982 but remained underground (Mali & Algeria both banned their political lyrics) until the group moved to the Malian capitol of Bamako in 1999. There the ten members drew on a rebel rock sensibility, openly playing their passionate, trance-like Desert Blues.

Born in a region plagued by exile, war, & drought, Tinariwen (originally Taghreft Tinariwen, or ‘edification of the lands’) became known for vocalizing the political plight of endangered nomads.

They were no strangers to armed conflict: Kheddou is said to have received 17 bullet wounds after leading several raids, armed only with a guitar on his back & a Kalashnikov in his hands... once he was doused in gasoline, owing his life only to his good karma & a faulty lighter; Ibrahim joined a training camp in southern Lybia after witnessing his father’s murder at the hands of Malian soldiers. At the camp, Ghadaffi made false promises of helping the Tamashek cause. In between classes about revolution, Islamism, & guerrilla warfare, Ibrahim honed his chops on guitar.

Tinariwen’s music speaks of & to the Tuareg or Kel Tamashek people, appealing for a political awakening of consciousness. For many years the nomadic tribes of the southern Sahara had tried to maintain hope in the midst of ethnic cleansing & public executions. These mighty musicians are the modern warriors of their people, with guitars replacing AK-47s. The songs of Tinariwen are petitions for political & cultural self-determination. They have become a point of identity for Tuareg youth. In a land void of laptops & TVs, cheap cassette recordings spread the music of bands like Tinariwen: the new Tamashek weapon of choice.

Tinariwen – The Radio Tisdas Sessions, World Village-468010, 2002.
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Le Chant Des Fauves
Nar Djenetbouba
Zin Es Gourmeden
Afours Afours
Khedou Khedou
Mataraden Anexan
Tin-Essako (live)

Recorded at Radio Tisdas, Kidal, Mali in January 2000 ( because of rationed electricity, they could only record between 7 p.m. & midnight each evening) except Track 10 recorded live at The Festival in the Desert, Tin-Essako, Mali.

Tinariwen are: Abdallah (vocals, guitar, bass); Ibrahim, Kheddou, Mohammed "Japonais", Foy Foy (vocals, guitar); Hassan (vocals, guitar, percussion); Seyid (percussion); & Nina, Anini, Bogness (background vocals).


02 January 2012

Indiana Casino

Further Update: This post was edited 06/07/2015. Please read ADDED below.

UPDATE: This post was re-uploaded 09/01/2013. Enjoy, NØ.

I’ve always been a closet trip-hopper. Beth Gibbon’s voice with Portishead never fails to touch that special spot, but all these years & only 3!

I’ve always appreciated the similarity Siobhan de Maré & Gibbon’s voices share...enjoying Siobhan's short stint with Mono.

Shortly after her time with Mono, she was contacted by Robin Guthrie, former guitarist for the Cocteau Twins. After the Cocteau Twins were laid to rest, Elizabeth Fraser joined up with Massive Attack on Mezzanine, & Robin, along with fellow Cocteau band mate Simon Raymonde were busy running their Bella Union musick label. With a respectable roster under his belt, Guthrie continued adding his trademark touch to numerous collaborations such as Bunnyman's Ian McCullogh & longtime NSS fave Wolfgang Press. Despite all of this, Robin still wanted to perform, so when he learned that de Maré was available, he contacted her .

Violet Indiana is the musical union of the two. Together they create a sound not far removed from Portishead, but capitalizing on de Maré's despondency & replacing much of Portishead's synthesizer with Guthrie's fluid guitar.

Casino is Violet Indiana’s second release. The first being 2001s Roulette. Casino is more a collection of the bands singles than an actual follow-up to Roulette. It is a great place to begin one’s vacation in Indiana.

Violet Indiana - Casino, Instinct Records INS593-2, 2002.
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Tracklist -

Bang Bang
Purr La Perla
Safe Word
Ne Me Quitte Pas (written by Jacques Brel)
Torn Up
Chapter Three



Got a request from a reader for a coupla other V. I. releases. Thought I’d go one (or three) better…

First, one from Siobhan de Mare’s previous band, Mono. The final track & special mix from Mono – Formica Blues“Life inMono (Alice Band mix)”, a real trip-hop scorcher & precursor to…

Violet Indiana – Choke EP, Bella Union BELLACD22, 2000.

Tracklist –
Purr la Perla
Torn Up

Violet Indiana – Roulette, Bella Union BELLACD24, 2001.
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Tracklist –
Air Kissing
Feline or Famine
Powder River
Little Echo
Rage Days
Killer Eyes

Violet Indiana – Killer Eyes CD single, Bella Union BELLACD26, 2001.
Tracklist –
Killer Eyes
Safe World

Violet Indiana – Russian Doll, Bella Union BELLACD65, 2004.
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Tracklist –
Never Enough
Quelque Jour
(My Baby was a) Cheat
New Girl
The Visit
Touch Me
Beyond the Furr
Close the World

Violet Indiana – Beyond the Furr CD single, Bella Union BELLACD67, 2004.

Tracklist –
Beyond the Furr
Crystal Mountain
Perfect Day

Robin Guthrie plays a mean guitar,